As I wandered onto the Botanical Garden grounds today, I mulled over my choices for “G.” I mean, Garden seemed too easy. Right?
I came around a corner in the path and seriously, THIS was sitting there.
Waiting for me.
Dear Reader, it was hard.
But I didn’t get in and drive it around.
Though I was tempted, Dear Reader; sorely tempted.
Besides. Dude was around there somewhere, with a loud machine, blowing botanical materials around.
Now, I confess, I don’t really grok the meaning behind using a leaf blower in a botanical garden. I mean, what are you planning to do, blow the leaves all the way out of the gardens? And then what? Your neighbors will get tired of a dirty great pile of blown leaves in front of the gardens.
But oddly, there weren’t any piles of leaves.
Maybe he was just dusting?
Gosh, this garden, for the letter G or not, sure is gorgeous, isn’t it?
But that brings me to my favorite discovery since moving to the PNW, or to those of us who aren’t yet in on the native lingo, “The Pacific Northwest:” rhododendrons! The place is lousy with them! Locals are, get this, even tired of them! (???)
Not me. This, then, without further gilding the lily (another G word, lookatthat!), is the Rhododendron Glen:
These are just the early bloomers, too! They bloom from early, early Spring (one of the ones in my apartment complex bloomed mid-March!) clear through June.
I know it’s not the same thing, but you know how when a cat is showing you their foot pads and you say, “What cute toe beans!”? Well, I had that exact same instinct when I saw these flowers!
Not actually a hundred percent sure this is a rhodi, but it’s in the glen, so I snapped its picture.
Same here. I must have walked around this one four times before I satisfied myself I was actually IN the rhododendron glen. So I guess this is a rhodi too? It’s sure pretty – the leaf ends are colored, AND there are flowers. LOFF!
I call this one “Potential.”
(Does this mean I’m a ‘budding photographer’? ~hides~)
Sadly, the lighting was even worse this morning than the last time I went, and it makes photographing the fish next to impossible – which is a shame, as I adore koi. Or, as they’re known today, Goldfish.
They’re all congregating together. If they were mammals, I’d say it was to stay warm on an overcast, rainy day. But they’re fish. So I’m not sure. Maybe just gabbing together? Gathering? Garnering support? ~grin~
All right, Dear Reader, all right; enough of G. Next up is H – which will be less about the pictures and more about the philosophy and science of gardening.
If you’re participating in the challenge, please leave me a link to your blog in the comments so I can come visit you! And if you’ve already commented but I’ve been absent, please forgive me, I’m a bit behind in my visiting but I will catch up between now and the weekend. Real Life has a way of getting in the way.
But hey – we can always visit a garden to relax, yes?